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What’s Behind the Decline in Nuclear MPI Use? (27 Mar 2014)

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Kim Williams, MD and John Ryan, MD

John Ryan asks Kim Williams for his perspective on what’s behind a sharp decline in the use of nuclear MPI since 2006.

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rAAA Patients More Likely to Get Surgery and Survive in the U.S. Than in England (13 Mar 2014)

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Patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) have better outcomes in the United States than in England according to a new study published in the Lancet. Researchers at the University of London compared hospital data from 11,799 rAAA patients in England with 23,838 rAAA patients in the U.S. They found that U.S. patients were more likely…

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Steve Jobs Rejected the First Medical App in 1977 (27 Feb 2014)

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There’s been a lot of speculation that future Apple products will include health-related apps and biometric sensors. Here’s the story of what might have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction. George Diamond is now retired after a long and very distinguished career as a cardiologist…

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Scrutinizing the ESC Position Paper on Radiation Safety in Cardiovascular Imaging (6 Feb 2014)

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Reza Fazel, MD, MSc

Reza Fazel assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and implications of the ESC document.

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Blood Pressure Trajectory Over 25 Years Predicts Atherosclerosis Risk (4 Feb 2014)

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Everyone knows that blood pressure is one of the most important measurements of cardiovascular risk. Less well known is that most studies of blood pressure have relied on single or isolated measurements of blood pressure. Few studies have even attempted to examine the significance of blood pressure patterns over a long period of time. Now,…

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Dangerous Rapid Calcification Observed In Pediatric Patients After Aortic Valve Replacement (21 Jan 2014)

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Pediatric cardiac surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital are warning the medical community about a potentially fatal problem in children and young adults who received a bioprosthetic valve manufactured by Sorin. The surgeons initially became concerned when a young, asymptomatic patient died suddenly after her valve underwent rapid calcification, only 7 months after a routine follow-up echocardiogram found…

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ESC Spotlights Growing Problem of Radiation Exposure in Cardiology (10 Jan 2014)

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Both medical professionals and patients have a general sense that radiation used in medical imaging and procedures carries some danger, but they often underestimate the risk. And certainly most are unaware of the increasingly large proportion of the problem occurring during cardiology procedures. “Cardiologists today are the true contemporary radiologists,” said Eugenio Picano, lead author…

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Estimating Prosthesis-Patient Mismatch for Patients Undergoing Bovine Pericardial AVR (3 Dec 2013)

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Jyothy Puthumana, MD,MS

Jyothy Puthumana discusses his research group’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging study, for which they compared prosthesis-patient mismatch prevalence and its impact on survival.

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Left Ventriculography: Procedural Variation Writ Large (2 Dec 2013)

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Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS

Paul Heidereich discusses his research group’s study of variation in the use of left ventriculography at VA hospitals nationwide.

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Defining the “Appropriate Use” of Transthoracic Echo (9 Oct 2013)

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Susan A Matulevicius, MD, MSCS

Susan Matulevicius discusses her study group’s analysis of the use of transthoracic echocardiography at a tertiary-care academic medical center.